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What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 41


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 10, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Charles Atlas (10/30/1892 - 12/23/1972) - "Charles Atlas, Famous Muscle Builder" (as Mystery Guest #1 but the panel was not blindfolded; he signed in as Mr. X to avoid name recognition; the regular questioning format is used; John instructed the panel to find out both his occupation and his name; self-employed)

Game 2: Miss Anne Carruthers - "Makes Wigs" (salaried; she works for Mr. Wright at Warner Brothers; from Woodland Hills, CA)

Game 3: Jane Powell (b. 4/1/1929) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Miss Sara Detwiler - She was given two overlay screens: "Dives 45 Feet Into Tank..." and "On Horseback! (Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ)" (salaried; she dives into about 10 feet of water; the panel was very intrigued by her occupation and John said he wanted to see the show; from Apopka, FL)

STEEL PIER DIVING HORSES: What's My Line? loved the Steel Pier diving horses featured in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and featured this occupation 4 times: EPISODE #314 of June 10, 1956; EPISODE #451 of February 8, 1959; EPISODE #577 of August 20, 1961; and EPISODE #822 of July 17, 1966. See photos at this web site dedicated to the diving horses! - Suzanne (2005)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Charles Atlas

    Charles Atlas

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Jane Powell

    Jane Powell

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Jack E. Leonard

    Jack E. Leonard

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the second game, John flipped all the cards for the pretty female guest at a mere one down, in spite of the fact that Arlene had correctly identified her as a wigmaker. John explained that he flipped the cards because she had travelled so far to be on the show. In the final game, which John only allotted two minutes of game play, he flipped the remainder of the cards at three down when time ran out. The panel had only discerned that her job was an athletic one. - Suzanne (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor for tonight is Remington electric shavers -- and for the first time in several weeks, the top of the sign-in board likewise reads "Remington Electric Shavers," after the last few pertinent shows where the Remington Rand logo was atop the board. This was the first show since EPISODE #294 of January 22, 1956 where Dorothy was on the far end of the panel desk on a show where Arlene was on the panel. And this was the first of a total of seven appearances by the former "Mr. America (and parts of Canada)," Jack E. Leonard -- and the first of four times this year that the once-and-future "Fat Jack" sat on the panel.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: As a harbinger of things to come, all overlays tonight are set in all capital letters. The font of Futura Demi Bold, which was officially put into service last week, was used in every case (no pun intended).
        (3) This episode was the only time that the first mystery guest, bodybuilder Charles Atlas, appeared on the program. Not so with second mystery guest Jane Powell, who makes the first of a total of three appearances over the course of the next five years, seven months and eleven days. Miss Powell's final appearance, on EPISODE #598 of January 21, 1962, was as a guest panelist, while her other two appearances, including tonight, were as a mystery guest. At the time of her appearance this evening, Miss Powell was between movies, having appeared in 1955's "Hit the Deck," which featured a few past-connected and future-connected "WML?" figures: Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Ann Miller and Alan King. (A side note was that another co-star, Jane Darwell, appeared in a 1943 documentary short called "Family Feud," whose title would later be applied to a long-running game show beginning in 1976 and continuing, on and off, to the present day.) One year from tonight, in 1957, Jane Powell starred in a musical comedy called "The Girl Most Likely," whose co-star, Cliff Robertson, was never on "WML?" in its CBS run, but did appear as a mystery guest within the 1968-1975 syndicated version.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was another rare example of the complete end credit sequence being shown in the "travel arrangements" era, after the American Airlines plug; in these years, the production crew credits only go up to the art card for technical director Vernon Gamble and lighting director Hal Anderson, as was the case tonight. And on GSN's September 17, 2008 airing of this episode -- a date that fell on the 42nd anniversary of the September 17, 1966 debut of "Mission: Impossible," which replaced "WML?" (and "Candid Camera") in the Sunday at 10 PM time slot in 1967 -- it was well nigh impossible to disavow any knowledge of their continued practice of "crunching" the screen.
        (5) Following the September 17, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the December 1, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern, and celebrity guest George Raft -- whose appearance on this "TNTS" episode came only two days after his mystery guest spot on "WML?" EPISODE #183 of November 29, 1953. This "TNTS" edition was the first to be sponsored by Clorets gum and mints. - W-B (2008)

      • "I WAS A 97-POUND WEAKLING" - This trademarked slogan was the perennial headline of the Charles Atlas bodybuilding ads than ran on the back covers of hundreds of comic books in the 1950s. In the ads, always narrating a story in the first person, Mac takes it on the chin, getting sand kicked in his face and being pushed around at the beach in front of the girls by big strapping bullies. Mac suffered more from embarrassment than anything else. The advertisements continued with this "skinny scarecrow" becoming a "REAL MAN," but only after he gambled a postage stamp for the absolutely free book that held the secrets to a dynamic body. Whether or not Charles Atlas himself was ever a 97-pound weakling, we really don't know, although he did claim that the beach story happened to him as a youth. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

        REVIEW: The panel had a rather excellent performance this particular evening. The first two guests of the evening were ironic due to the fact that one of the guest panelists was "Not So Fat" Jack E. Leonard. In the first game, guest panelist George Axelrod correctly identified legendary exercise expert Charles Atlas. After the game, Axelrod even joked that he was the 98 pound weakling that was in the ads promoting Atlas' program. In the second game, Arlene put in a great performance as she made short work of the wig maker. Ironically, the person who questioned her before Arlene was Jack E., who, of course, was "follicly" impaired. Jack did have his moment in the sun as he correctly identified the always cute Jane Powell. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the woman who rode one of the famous diving horses of Steel Pier in Atlantic City won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        MUSCLE BEACH: Anyone over thirty will remember the ads for the Charles Atlas bodybuilding plan that appeared in the back covers of various comic books during the 1950's through 1970's. In the ad, a 97-pound weakling gets sand kicked in his face by a big bully in front of his girlfriend, who promptly dumps him. The weakling then goes home and orders the Atlas plan. Within a few months, he is no longer a 97 pound weakling and is now a muscled superman. He then goes to the beach and promptly punches out the guy who kicked sand in his face. Not only does he get his girl back, but has a bunch of other girls hanging all over him. - Sargebri (2005)

      • THE LOOK OF THINGS: This is the first time a guest has ever signed in with an "X" or other anonymous letter. Up until now, guests that are having their names withheld from the unblindfolded panel have not signed in at all. John Daly has merely referred to them as Mr., Mrs. or Miss "X." - Suzanne (2005)

        CHARLES ATLAS: In 1922, Italian-born Angelo Siciliano won the "Most Perfectly Developed Man" contest at Madison Square Garden in New York, and changed his name to Charles Atlas. This famous bodybuilder became enormously popular. Through the 1960s, Charles Atlas was a media superstar. He authored books and frequently appeared in magazines, news shows and newspapers. Students worldwide used his "Dynamic-Tension" fitness and health program. Vintage photos and magazine articles at the URL below. - Suzanne (2005)

        Charles Atlas:


      • Tidbits: Dorothy introduces Jack E. Leonard as the "new, thin Jack E. Leonard." Jack's weight is often discussed on his WML appearances. Tonight, Jack made reference to having previously weighed 320 lbs. As late as 1967, we will learn that Jack started out at 360 pounds, got down to 202 pounds, and then goes back up to 240 pounds. - Suzanne (2005)

        Jack E. Leonard (4/24/1910 - 5/9/1973)

        George Axelrod (6/9/1922 - 6/21/2003)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Jack E. Leonard, Arlene Francis, George Axelrod. Bennett Cerf had the night off.

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